Myles Garrett is now officially a member of the Cleveland Browns after signing his rookie contract on Friday. He’s also going to be locked into the kind of guaranteed money few edge defenders have included in their contracts.
The Texas A&M athletic dynamo signed a four-year, $30.4 million contract that includes a $20.3M signing bonus. It’s a fully guaranteed deal, per Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, and it will bump Garrett high on the list of guarantees allotted to players at his position. Garrett’s deal will move him past Dante Fowler Jr.’s guaranteed $23.49 million Jaguars contract and firmly into the top five at his position.
And Myles Garrett's four-year deal in Cleveland comes in at a fully-guaranteed $30.4 million.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 19, 2017
While rookie contracts aren’t what they were during the 2000s, Garrett being guaranteed to see all of these dollars is an assurance most veteran defenders do not have. He brings a skill set the Browns do not have as well.
The Browns’ first No. 1 overall pick since Courtney Brown in 2000, Garrett will almost certainly be a starter at one of Cleveland’s defensive end spots as the team transitions back to a 4-3 scheme under newly hired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Garrett may have collected a healthy chunk of his 31 career sacks (in just three years) against non-SEC competition, but the 6-foot-4 talent was the consensus best player in the draft.
He’ll head to what was the league’s worst team last season and one that saw just one player, Emmanuel Ogbah, record more than three sacks. The Browns’ 26 sacks were the second-fewest total in football last season.
Garrett is the 14th first-round pick to sign his rookie deal. This process has become elementary due to the slot salaries that came with the 2011 CBA, but outliers like Joey Bosa have emerged. It’s a good sign for the Browns that he is signed this early in the offseason.